Published on September 10th, 2014 | by JCDoyle0
Death Vigil #3 – Comic Review
This issue is all about the family and how the Vigil spends their days. Does that sound a little bit dull? Well, it’s anything but and Stjepan Sejic weaves a beautiful tale of home life and demon fighting that falls somewhere between Twin Peaks and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Clara moves into the mansion and says goodbye to her old life, something you have to do when your boyfriend kills you. She is taken under the wings of Grace and Sam, who each try to make her feel at home in their own distinct way. Throughout her first day, she moves around the mansion, speaking to anyone who will listen, hoping that one of them can help her to understand how to use her Veilripper. Unfortunately all she learns is that it is ‘Abstract’ and she has to figure it out on her own so she jumps at the chance to go out into the field when a call to arms comes in.
This is where they meet Lana who has family issues and everything becomes rather demonically messy.
The Family theme runs through the story and Sejic uses the characters to illustrate various aspects of the Modern Family. He has the brother as a father figure, the maternal grandmother, the dominating mother and the dysfunctional relationships lead to the near breakdown of one character but enlightenment for another.
If you’ve read any of my previous reviews for Death Vigil, you’ll probably know that I’m already impressed with Sejic’s creation and this latest issue doesn’t disappoint. The story is engaging and surprisingly relatable thanks to the variety of family issues on display and the art work is delightful from cover to cover. There is a sequence of images where Clara uses her Veilripper that looks so well thought through and designed in such an innovative way. It has a fresh feel with a mythic edge and each of the characters is so strong that almost any of them could hold their own narrative. Sometimes it’s difficult to put your finger on exactly what makes a comic stick in your mind and become unmissable month after month, but whatever it is Sejic, please keep it up.
Title: Death Vigil
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer/Artist: Stjepan Sejic